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Jewish moms taking offense to ‘Tiger Mother’

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/books/article/jewish_moms_taking_offense_to_tiger_mother_20110125

With her take-no-prisoners approach in “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” author Amy Chua has drawn the ire of mothers across America who take exception to the draconian measures she recommends to ensure successful, prodigious offspring. So it's little surprise that prominent among her critics are another group famous -- infamous, some might say -- for what they have to say about how best to be a parent: Jewish mothers. Chua's book and a synopsis she wrote in The Wall Street Journal on Jan. 8, “Why Chinese Moms are Superior,” lay out her parental rules -- no sleepovers, no play dates, no television -- and admiringly relate a story of how she once reduced her daughter to tears when she couldn't play a piano piece.

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